Cool 4 school
Now that it's time to cram those little piggies back into closed-toe shoes for school, children's footwear giant Olly Shoes (2600 Yonge) is now carrying upscale brands such as Kenneth Cole Reaction and Ralph Lauren for fall. Don't forget to bring a pair of rarely used shoes for the Donation Program (1-866-655-9746), which helps needy kids locally and abroad during the holiday season. 416-487-3100. www.ollyshoes.com.
A Zellers market
If you loved last's years coolification of Zellers thanks to the Mossimo brand, you'll value the new budget-minded workwear line, Très You. Designed exclusively for the Canadian market by the Hudson's Bay Company and Federated Merchandise Group - which operates Macy's, Bloomingdale's and others - Très You will be launching a plus-size category in time for the holiday season. Prices range from $14.97 to $34.97. Only at Zellers. www.hbc.com.
Bedazzle me, Bata
With ornamentation claiming the fashion spotlight, what could be more timely than enlightening your mind with the new exhibit Beads, Buckles Bows: Four Hundred Years Of Embellished Footwear , opening tomorrow (Friday, August 27) at the Bata Shoe Museum (327 Bloor West)? Featuring some of the Western world's most extravagantly decorated shoes, the exhibit showcases the artistry of 17th-century mules, mid-20th-century rhinestone-encrusted stilettos and glamorous footwear in between. $6, stu/srs $4, child $2, family $12, free Thursday from 5 to 8 pm. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, Thursday 10 am to 8 pm and Sunday noon to 5 pm. 416-979-7799. www.batashoemuseum.ca.
Sure, it's a full month away, but I thought you'd appreciate the ample lead time to plan your killer yet brainy outfit - you'll want to dress to impress at the Descant Book Ball (Sorauren Studio, 22 Sorauren) 35th anniversary fundraiser this September 30. Not only will drinks, dancing and munchies be on the agenda, there's also a Peep Show Salon for close encounters of the CanLit kind. $50. Call 416-593-2557 to reserve a spot. www.descant.on.ca.